Debby Ryan on her character

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Teen actor Debby Ryan, from Glendale, strikes a pose at the Americana at Brand on Friday, Nov. 20 Ryan, 16, plays Bailey Pickett on Disney Channel's The Suite Life on Deck. (Raul Roa/News-Press)

Teen actress Debby Ryan was all poise and enthusiasm when I interviewed her this week for an upcoming edition. I asked her about her character Bailey Pickett and she was candid about how she portrays her.

Ryan said working for Disney, she is allowed to have a lot of fun in her portrayal, but the character still has dimension and is someone the audience can relate to, she said.

It was difficult finding all of Bailey’s levels because Ryan didn’t have a lot of background to go on, she said. Basically, they told her that the character was a farm girl from Kettlecorn, Kan.

“Bailey’s dreams were too big for the town she was from,” she said. “She spent time in the library. She’s intellectual. Being from a small town, she’s used to smaller things and she knows how to be in relationships, but she’s still growing and learning about herself.”

It’s a lot like the fish who goes from a small tank to a pond, she added.

“They grow as big as they can dream,” she said.

Now Bailey is in a pond and growing to her surroundings and there’s no end in sight to how far she will go, she said.

“She’s got a world to conquer,” Ryan said.


Written by Joyce Rudolph

November 23, 2009 at 2:01 pm

Posted in Entertainment

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